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The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle
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Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic,... show more
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743247542 (074324754X)
ASIN: 074324754X
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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danae
danae rated it
I enjoyed this. I got pretty into it, cheering for Jeannette and her siblings throughout the book.The mom annoyed me, always saying she needed to stop living for others and take care of herself when that's all she ever did and she had 4 children to take care of. And the dad taking money from his own...
Let's Talk about Books!
Let's Talk about Books! rated it
4.5
All right, hold onto your pants while I take you on this review. I picked this book up for $1 at the thrift store after reading the back of the book. Here is what it says: “The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysf...
S. A. Healey
S. A. Healey rated it
5.0 The Glass Castle
This book caused me to run the full gamut of conflicting emotions. It was extremely difficult to read at times, as I'd experienced a profound sadness and anger for the deplorable circumstances of which Jeannette and her siblings had no control. To have the ability (and courage) to lay out her histor...
Ruined by Reading
Ruined by Reading rated it
5.0 Entropy
I finally was able to put this book down, but only because I finished it. Bastards tells the story of Mary Anna King's family, one where sisters are given away on a regular basis and adults are unreliable at best, crazy or drunken at worst. King's strong voice carries you through the stories she hoa...
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0
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5.0 The Glass Castle
42. THE GLASS CASTLE, BY JEANNETTE WALLSThis one was recommended by everybodysomething on Tumblr, Michelle Ruedin on Goodreads and two other people in real life. After that, I had no choice but to read it...I’m not a big fan of nonfiction, so it was a big surprise to me how much I enjoyed this book....
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